Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October Table of Grace

Although the weather was less than ideal outside, our table of Grace crew was enjoying our time together in the kitchen.  We were glad Jim was back with us (he has been helping his cousin out on his farm this fall).  We made Pork Loin with Cranberry Glaze, Hash brown Potato Casserole, Green Beans, Wheat Roll and Spice Cake with Orange Icing. 

Today, I did finally catch up on all my backings and bindings.  I still have to finish the Orca Bay quilt I made last fall.  I need to add the last two borders.  Maybe tomorrow???

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bunkhouse Half Log Cabin

I had lots of 2.5" strips cut from shirts and had been looking for a pattern to use them.   For this block you need 6- 2.5"red squares, 2- 2.5" plaids (one light, one dark); 2- 2.5 x 4.5" rectangles (one light, one dark); 2 - 2.5 x 6.5" rectangles (one light,one dark); 2 - 2.5 x 8.5" rectangles (one light, one dark); 2 - 2.5 x 10.5"rectangles (one light, one dark).

Once all the strips are cut to the correct length.  It takes less than an hour to make 8 blocks.

The top measures 72 x 72".  I will probably use it for a Veteran's quilt.  I know it would be a lot more attractive made it narrower strips.  I made a backing using some plaids that I had and will use red for the binding.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Capital T Blocks

Layout One
At our sewing time at Cathy's on Thursday, I took these blocks to work on.  
I cut out enough for a full quilt sometime last year. 
The pattern was in an old Traditional Quiltworks Magazine in 2000.  There layout was like  Layout One.
Layout Two
I think I like Layout  Two better.  I'll have lots of time to decide as I think I cut out 90 blocks.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Bunkhouse Braid Quilt

This is a picture of the quilt top that I finished just before we left for NYS.  I was doing a little straightening up in the sewing room today and decided to photo it outside. 
It measures 62 by 72.  I'm considering a border but I like the size it is for a lap quilt.  Hmmmmm!
Guess I'll fold it and ponder awhile.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Perfect Timing - Adirondaks

Between St. Regis Falls and Duane NY October 10th.
Along the Red Tavern Road--Seventeen miles and we met only one car. 
One of the rare moments of sun during the time we were on vacation.

Chasm Falls is outside of Malone, NY.  
 Everywhere we went there were beautiful vistas.  It was the absolute perfect time for fall foliage.
And the weather was near 70 degrees - for us a big bonus.  We had taken more sweaters and jackets than necessary.  However by Monday morning the temperature was 36 degrees when we left for home.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Freezer Apple Pie Filling

Janet - Louck's Pond-October 8
We left the "Pond" fairly early to search for Apples and Buttercup Squash.  The weather has been overcast and rainy since we left NC.  Jan and I went to Hornell, Arkport, Dansville and Cohocton . We did manage to find a bushel of squash and 3 baskets of apples.   

Dansville, NY
Passed this great cheddar building in Dansville.  It looked freshly painted and was trimmed in soft yellow, dark green and white. It's neighbor is a medium rosy mauve.
We brought apples back from our trip to New York State earlier in the month.  These are Winesap  - I usually get Crispin or Mutsu but they are in short supply this year.   I like to make apple pie filling and have it in the freezer as a convenience.  I use about six large apples per pie.  .

Peel, core and thinly slice. I slice them into lightly salted water to keep them white.  Drain and place in large pan with 1/4 cup apple juice and 2 Tablespoons lemon juice.
Cook and stir for 5 to 10 minutes, until apples begin to soften. 

Remove from heat and add 2 1/2 Tablespoons Tapioca, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. 

Let cool and freeze in in quart containers until ready to use.   Last night we had a family get together and it was nice to use the last container from last year and have an apple cobbler with ice cream for dessert. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bunkhouse Quilt

Not a thing going on in the sewing room since I've been home.  This is part of a top that I finished just before we left for NY but I didn't take a picture yet.  It will be about 60 x 70 inches.  Just about right for a lap quilt.

Trying not to think about starting another shirt quilt.  I really do need to finish up a couple of projects.

Busy week  - State Fair (I won two ribbons) with Tracey - Woman's Club (Randi and I are Hostesses) - Food Pantry and Guild- Undercover Bee and District Woman's Club

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Out Of Town Guests

One morning last week we were eating breakfast and I kept seeing shadows out the kitchen window.

They didn't stay very long but everytime we have large flocks of birds visit the backyard - it makes me think of the old Alfred Hitchcock movie.  I don't even know what kind of birds they were but it is that time of year.  We saw lots of migrating geese when we were in New York.